Disability discrimination is when you’re treated unfairly because you have a disability. Discrimination can be intentional or unintentional. Or it could occur as a pattern of behaviour by your employer or the people that you work with. If you think you’ve been discriminated against at work, our solicitors can help.

The Equality Act 2010 protects people who have been discriminated against at work, or in applying for a job. The Act says that you mustn’t be discriminated against because:

  • You have a disability (certain progressive illnesses such as cancer, MS or HIV are also covered by the Act)
  • You had a disability in the past (for example if you had a mental health condition that lasted more than 12 months, but you have since recovered from)
  • Someone believes that you have a disability
  • You’re connected to someone with a disability.

Our lawyers have years of experience advising on disability discrimination cases. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against, call us on 0207 650 3939.

What Services Do We Offer?

As disability discrimination experts, we know the law inside out. We can:

  • Advise you on whether you have a claim and what your options are
  • Support and guide you through settlement discussions with your employer
  • Represent you at mediation or round table meetings with your employer
  • Draft legal documents if your case does go to the Employment Tribunal
  • Instruct counsel to represent you in the Employment Tribunal.

Who Can We Help?

Discrimination can have a big impact on your mental health and life. It can affect your career and reputation, as well as your finances. Our lawyers have specialist experience in helping senior executives, directors and professionals resolve discrimination claims and get the compensation they deserve.

We could help if you’ve been affected by:

  • Indirect discrimination
    When a work policy or rule negatively impacts you because of your disability. For example: An employer only accepts online job applications and due to your epilepsy you can’t use a computer and there’s no other way to apply.
  • Failure to make reasonable adjustments
    When your employer fails to provide the support needed for you to do your job properly or to help you apply for a job. For example: an employer fails to allow a disabled employee to take longer breaks to help them cope with fatigue arising from their disability.
  • Discrimination arising from disability
    When you’re treated badly because of something arising in consequence of your disability. For example: An employee with cancer isn’t given a bonus because of the time they’ve taken off to receive treatment.
  • Harassment
    When you’re made to feel humiliated, offended or degraded because of your disability, or where the environment is hostile or intimidating. For example: You are called names or are mocked because it takes you longer to complete some tasks because of your disability.
  • Victimisation
    When you’re treated badly after making a complaint or grievance about disability discrimination, or for supporting a colleague who has made a complaint. For example: An employer threatens to fire you if you support a colleague’s discrimination claim.

Why Choose Us?

Facing discrimination at work can be very distressing. Our disability discrimination solicitors are with you every step of the way and will help you assert your rights and stand up to your employer.

With many years’ experience, we have a great track record of achieving settlements in complex and high value cases. We’re committed to providing advice in plain English to ensure you understand your rights and available options. We’ll make clear to you the routes you can take and will tell you if there’s a better, easier way to resolve your issue.

We’re expert negotiators and are ranked highly in the independent legal guides, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, for the services we provide.

We’re recognised as industry leaders in this area, and win cases that other firms write off as being too difficult. We’ll fight hard for you. We push the boundaries of the law and are often achieving landmark decisions to get our clients the justice they deserve.

Contact Us

For a confidential discussion, call us on 0207 650 3939 to speak to a member of our team. Alternatively please send us an online enquiry and we’ll get back to you.

Large, experienced team of solicitors
Specialists in representing senior professionals
Advice in plain English
Offices around the UK

Call one of our experts on

0207 650 3939

Disability Discrimination - More Information

Legal 500 2021 logo

Operates at the cutting-edge of employment law and is adored by clients."

Legal 500

Awards & Accreditations

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK

Private Client Team of the Year - Legal Business Awards 2018
Chambers & Partners 2020 logo
Exceptional Experience
Exceptional experience of claimant work and high-quality judgement"
Excellent And Savvy Team
They are an excellent and savvy team with huge strength"

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

Read More Feedback
Efficient and courteous

Efficient and courteous , did exactly as we requested and provided good advice.

Derek Millichip
Gillian Coverly was outstanding in her …

Gillian Coverly was outstanding in her professionalism, in her knowledge but also in the manner in which she worked with our family as a time of great shock and distress, even out of hours when we needed help. Her sensitivity and empathetic nature helped us worked though what was a time pressing ...

Jackie Freeborn
Top Solicitors

Four and a half year's ago was the most darkest time of my life after my wife died while in the care of the Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health team. After contacting Irwin Mitchell and told them of my story I was passed on to a solicitor Mr Tom Riis-Bristow who listened to what I had to say, took my ...


Our Offices

Our offices are located in major cities throughout the UK and have excellent transport links.